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Change of venue granted for Dubuque man’s murder retrial

Fontae Buelow
Fontae Buelow

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) -- The new trial for a Dubuque man accused of killing his girlfriend will be moved out of Dubuque County.

A judge recently approved a change of venue motion for Fontae Buelow, 29, who is accused of stabbing and killing his girlfriend, Samantha Link, 21, of Peosta, in March 2017. Buelow has maintained Link stabbed herself twice in the chest.

The change of venue motion was filed, citing media coverage of the case has made it impossible for Buelow to get a fair trial. He was convicted of second-degree murder in 2018, but in December, the state Supreme Court ordered a new trial, saying information about Link's prior suicide attempt and mental health records should have been allowed.

His conviction and a sentence of up to 50 years were overturned in 2019. Right now, a jury trial is scheduled to begin on May 25. A location for the trial has not yet been set.

Trevor Oates

Executive Producer

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